When a member of parliament declares his constituency as an “Israel free zone,” you do not expect an Israeli ambassador to visit the area. This was not the case when Bradford West MP George Galloway declared that his constituency was an “Israel free zone.” Israeli’s ambassador to Britain, Daniel Taub, visited the constituency on his tour of the Bradford City.
Taub visited the area following invitations from the communities living in the city. The ambassador used his tour to hold several talks with councilors, faith leaders, and other prominent members of the Bradford community. The invitations were sent to him in response to Galloway’s comments on the city.
The MP declared that the area did not have academicians, tourists, goods or services from Israel. Daniel Taub has since dismissed the MP’s claims. He noted that the city was completely different from how the MP promoted it.
Commenting on his short visit, he emphasized that George Galloway’s voice of exclusion in not the voice of the city. Bradford’s real voice is one of inclusion.
He notes that Bradford serves as a good model in the society. Co-operation between people from different faiths and background was key to building a strong and prosperous city. He hopes that other regions will adopt Bradford’s model. Read more: Daniel Taub | Wikipedia
Following Galloway’s claims on the city’s stand, the British police have launched investigations against him. His comments caused an outcry on social media. Many people consider it as irresponsible and divisive.
Daniel Taub advised Galloway to look at the real conflict in the Middle East. He clarified that the conflicts experienced in the region are no longer between Sunni and Shia nor left and right. The ambassador noted that the conflict is about the past and the future.
He urged the Member of Parliament to avoid being the person who is working hard to pull the society back to the past. He wants him to join other progressive leaders who are fighting for the region’s better future.
Galloway is known for his anti-Israel comments. He once stormed out of a debate because his opponent was an Israeli. In the recent past, he accused Israel of engineering Ukraine’s unrest and providing Al-Qaeda with chemical weapons. Taub denied making these claims. Read more on the story at
About Daniel Taub
Daniel Taub is an Israeli diplomat, writer, and international lawyer. Since 2011, he has served as Israel’s ambassador to Britain. Daniel succeeded Mark Regev. Taub was born and raised in Britain where he pursued his education.
Daniel is an alumnus of renowned colleges, including Harvard University, University College in Oxford, and University College in London. The diplomat has also served in the Israel Defense Forces as a reserve officer.
Before joining the Israeli Foreign Ministry in 1991, Taub was President Chaim Herzog’s speechwriter. He is married to Zehava. The couple has six children.
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